Tucker Summit CID June 2019 Newsletter

TSCID Freight Cluster Plan Study to Address Much Needed Infrastructure Updates

Tucker Summit CID is now accepting requests for proposals for a Freight Cluster Plan Study along Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Hugh Howell Road, East Ponce de Leon Avenue and their connectivity to Jimmy Carter Boulevard at Interstate 85, North Hairston Road south of Memorial Drive and Indian Trail Road near US 29. The purpose of the Freight Cluster Plan Study is to address transportation, traffic operations and related planning needs on roadways, bridges and way-finding improvements.

In an unprecedented joint effort, TSCID will be working in conjunction with Tucker-Northlake CID, Lilburn CID and Gateway85 CID, in addition to the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Department of Transportation.

Firms interested in bidding on the RFP can download the forms on the TSCID website here.

Member Spotlight on Wall Control

A subsidiary of DeKalb Tool & Die, Wall Control is truly a family-owned and run business. Richard Grove manages Wall Control with his mother and brother, while his maternal grandfather owns and operates DeKalb Tool & Die with his father, aunt and cousin. The pegboard, accessory and tool organization company is located at 2075 Tucker Industrial Road where they purchased the building in 2011 after renting for more than five years.

Grove credits the CID for its work on road improvements, security and beautification, resulting in the rise in property values of businesses, which consequently encouraged Wall Control to purchase their property. The property’s easy access to Atlanta’s major thoroughfares was another huge factor in choosing that location for their manufacturing facility.

As Wall Control’s business grows, Grove anticipates acquiring more square footage in the future and looks forward to helping the CID grow in order to benefit all business owners looking to locate in the district.

To learn more about Wall Control and the family behind the business, please click on the video below.

TSCID Welcomes New and Returning Board Members

The TSCID board election, held on June 11 at Pierre Construction Group, yielded the reelection of Rusty McKellar, president of Gwinnett Industries, Inc. to the board, Joey Chapman, president of Air Filter Sales & Services, as board chair and the election of Ryan Chapman, sales representative at GPI Group and Owner of Tucker Brewing Company, as secretary.

“Rusty McKellar and Joey Chapman have been instrumental in building Tucker Summit CID to what it is today and I am thrilled to have them back for another term,” expressed TSCID president Emory Morsberger. “And the addition of Ryan Chapman will be an incredible boost to our organization. He is a rising star and I look forward to all that we will accomplish together.”

Blackstone Purchases Ackerman Properties

Blackstone Group has purchased 3.8 million square-feet of warehouse properties previously owned by Ackerman & Co. for more than $200 million in Tucker Summit CID. The deal with Ackerman & Co. closed on May 14 with Blackstone paying about $53 per square foot. Ackerman & Co. had purchased the properties four years ago for $135 million, indicating an incredible 48% increase in property value in the CID.

Logistics and connectivity played major roles in the decision to purchase in TSCID as  businesses need the space for manufacturing and commerce but want to easily access their customers. According to Morsberger, “This area is quickly being recognized the best place to do business by companies like Blackstone.”

Read more on the Blackstone sale in this Atlanta Business Chronicles article.

Team Reboot FIRST Robotics Team to Help Disabled Children, Needs New Home

TSCID’s sponsored FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, Team Reboot, will be teaming up with other Georgia FRC teams to build “power wheels” for disabled children as part of the InteractFIRST Alliance (IFA). The teams will be building modified ride-on cars for children with disabilities giving them more mobility and opportunities to play. To learn more about the Alliance and to follow the progress of Team Reboot’s efforts, please visit IFA’s website.

The FIRST Robotics Competitions gives students the opportunities to learn more about science, engineering and technology and combine those disciplines with the excitement of sport and competition. TSCID is proud to sponsor Team Reboot and help foster these bright young minds.

TEAM REBOOT NEEDS YOUR HELP! The current space where Team Reboot meets and works will be unavailable after August 31 and they need a new home! If you have or know of any space available for Team Reboot to continue learning and building, please contact Deneise Turner at fbt6@cdc.gov.

New Business

Mama’s Chicken & Seafood

Mama’s Chicken & Seafood, located at 2922 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, will be hosting its official grand opening this summer upon completion of its drive through. However, if you’re hankering for some delicious southern-styled chicken and seafood, we encourage you to visit the restaurant which opened in April and is doing great! 

Speedway Scheduled to Open Mid-Summer

A brand new Speedway will be opening its doors and gas pumps mid-summer at 1520 Mountain Industrial Boulevard at the E. Ponce de Leon Avenue intersection. The 4,600 square foot location will feature 10 auto dispensers, two commercial fuelling lanes and a beer cave. The fast casual dining of the Speedy Café will have a convenient self-ordering kiosk for freshly prepared food featuring paninis, subs, specialty hot dogs, custom pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, sides and hand-crafted beverages.

Before the gas station even opens, the company is already giving back to the community. Project manager Peter Doster recently gave a presentation to a local school to teach the students about the construction and engineering process.

Underpriced Furniture Superstore is Coming to TSCID
Want the best deals on home furnishings? Underpriced Furniture’s new location will make it happen! The discount furniture superstore plans to break ground in early July on its second, 118,000 square foot location at 4473 Sarr Parkway in TSCID, expanding its current superstore and distribution center, which are both located in Norcross.

“This groundbreaking is a long time coming,” explained owner Mike Hall, “the process was delayed for over a year due to various county sewer and permitting issues, but thanks to the efforts of TSCID and the City of Tucker we were able resolve those issues to get the final paperwork approved.”

Tucker Summit CID’s May Member Mixer

Thank you to Southern Care Lawn & Landscape and Tucker Brewing Company for sponsoring the TSCID May Member Mixer! A big thanks to the members who came out during the busy week amid graduations and holiday vacations to network with your fellow business owners. A good time was had by all!

View more photos below. The next TSCID mixer will be August 22! Tucker Brewing will also be hosting its second annual Tucktoberfest on September 28, so mark your calendars!

TKR Summer of Fun

TSCID is proud to be a sponsor of the City of Tucker’s baseball-themed TKR Summer of Fun. The three-event series kicked off on June 7 with the 2002 Dennis Quaid movie, The Rookie. Due to inclement weather, the Movie on Main Street was moved indoors to Tucker First United Methodist Church.

The next event will be the Celebration of Independence and Fireworks Spectacular in downtown Tucker on July 3 for the City’s second annual fireworks extravaganza.

The Summer of Fun will close out on August 6 with the City’s third annual National Night Out Celebration with DeKalb County’s Police Department and civil servants at Brockett Elementary School. 

For more information on the TKR Summer of Fun, please visit the City of Tucker’s website.


MARTA is now offering reduced fare Breeze cards and tickets at pop-up shops throughout Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

The pop-up locations offer a more convenient way to purchase Breeze cards than the current online and vending machine options for bus-only riders, seniors and the disabled.

“We appreciate our customers, and we want to make sure that everyone who wants to use our services – whether it’s a bus, train, streetcar or Mobility – can easily make the purchases they need to ride,” said Virgil Fludd, MARTA’s assistant general manager of External Affairs and Communications. “We’ve seen the success of pop-up retail locations across a variety of industries, and we believe that bringing MARTA to the communities we serve is good customer service, and that always makes good business sense.”

For details about dates, locations and bus/rail routes, call 404.848.5000 or log on to www.itsmarta.com/popup. Valid photo identification and proof of eligibility are required to apply for reduced fare cards.

CID Project Updates

Guardrails Replaced on Mountain Industrial Boulevard at 78

Damaged guardrails at the intersection of Mountain Industrial Boulevard at Highway 78 have been replaced. Due to the diligence of TSCID, the State responded to the issue and sent a crew to make repairs.

New Trash Receptacle Installed by TSCID on E Ponce de Leon

In response to excess trash littering the ground at 5830 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, TSCID approved funding and installed a new trash bin at the MARTA bus stop. The area is already looking better!

New Streetlights to Be Installed This Summer

The TSCID board of directors approved new streetlights at the spring board meeting. Plans for installation in the median of Mountain Industrial Boulevard will begin late this summer.

Tucker Summit CID has a new website! Please visit www.tuckersummitcid.com for news and updates and follow us on LinkedIn.

To have your business or event included in our next CID newsletter, please contact Emory Morsberger at 770-409-8100 or email emory@tuckersummitcid.com.